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KEY CONCEPTS ON THE COMMONS
On the Commons: A basic guide to key concepts of the Commons, as compiled by the editors Erik Hopp and David Bollier of the On the Commons research website.
Digital Library of the Commons at Indiana University. gateway to the international literature on the commons. The DLC provides free and open access to full-text articles, papers, and dissertations.
Commons Sense. A 2008 article in the Economist on “Why it still pays to study medieval English landholding and Sahelian nomadism”
The Digital Commons. 2010 text by Felix Stalder which tries to summarize and situate the concepts and practices of the digital commons, is my contribution to the “Dictionary of the Human Economy”.
Free Culture Forum’s Bibliography on new models of sustainability for the digital era.
Frequently Asked Questions About the Public Domain – a 1999 document posted on the Nettime mailing list by Eric Kluitenberg that sparked debate about the possibilities and constraints of building a public digital domain.
Critique of the Free
Beyond Google: an essay (in French). As the internet becomes as ubiquitous and invisible as electricity, the limits of engines such as Google need to be questioned, write Ariel Kyrou and Yann Moulier Boutang
The Telekommunist Manifesto by Dmytri Kleiner. Free PDF download of the new publication that is a key contribution to research on commons-based, collaborative and shared forms of cultural production and economic distribution.
Smithsonian Commons: The Smithsonian’s digital presence dedicated to stimulating learning, creation, and innovation through open access to Smithsonian research, collections and communities.
http://gama-gateway.eu the ‘Gateway to Archives of Media Art’ provides access to a wealth of information about the works of both well-known and emerging media artists from European collections of media art. The media art content initially comes from eight European media art archives and can be searched and browsed on this navigation platform. The portal networks different databases containing textual and visual information on more than 10,000 works.
Manifesto for the Active Archives. “This manifesto is a plea for such a decentralized archive: an archive constituted from many sites and voices that keep their own contexts without fear of sharing, mirroring, connecting and using common protocols.”
Celluloid Remix: Lessons Learned. In this document Annelies Termeer of EYE Film Institute Netherlands describes step by step the development and the approach of the online video remix competition Celluloid Remix, organized in 2009 by EYE (then Filmmuseum), Knowledgeland and Images for the Future.
Tactical Media Files. a ‘living archive’ for Tactical Media’s present, past and future. More than an archive, TMF is an active news and documentation tool for the evolving practices of tactical media.
The Future of the Public Domain
The Public Domain: Enclosing the Commons of the Mind. Free, downloadable book by James Boyle that introduces readers to the idea of the public domain and describes how it is being tragically eroded by our current copyright, patent, and trademark laws.
Private and Common Property Rights (2007). Essay by Charlotte Hess and Eleanor Olstrom. Many of the lessons learned from the operation of communal property regimes related to natural resource systems are theoretically relevant to understanding of a wide diversity of property regimes that are extensively used in modern societies.
Discussion paper on the question of Exceptions to and limitations on copyright and neighbouring rights in the digital era. Written by Lucie Guibault for the Institute of Information Law.
This Week in Libraries (video). Bas Savinije, Director general at KB, the National Library of the Netherlands talks about the Google Deal.
Video Interview with Jaromil. The free software programmer, media artist, and activist Jaromil discusses the nomadic structure of dyne.org, the multiple roles played by its members (including hackers who also work for corporations and governments), the struggle to put the question of social justice back into technology, the need for open technologies that allow users to re-program devices and interfaces and organize local economies, and the refusal of scarcity.
Open Access Overview. An introduction to open access (OA) by Peter Suber.
The World Is Going Flat(-Rate). A New Study Shows Copyright Exception for Legalising File-Sharing is Feasible, as a Cease-Fire in the “War on Copying” Emerges. (PDF) an essay by Volker Grassmuck, Humboldt University.
State of the Culture Flat-Rate, 2008 report by Volker Grassmuck.
Open Content and Tools
Open Video Alliance Report 2010. iCommons and Intelligent Television have created a report to help cultural and educational institutions understand and appreciate the possibilities presented by openly licensed assets for Wikipedia and the open web.
Video for Wikipedia. iCommons and Intelligent Television have created a report to help cultural and educational institutions understand and appreciate the possibilities presented by openly licensed assets for Wikipedia and the open web.
The Size of the EU Public Domain by Rufus Pollock (2010). This paper reports results from a large recent study of the public domain in the European Union.
by Rufus Pollock (2010)
The Value of the EU Public Domain. Based on a combination of catalogue, commercial and survey data we present detailed figures both on the prices (and price differences) of in copyright and public domain material and on the usage of that material.
A New Cultural Imperative (pdf). A 2010 report by JISC. “Encouraging students to work with video with the same fluency they have with text is one of the key teaching and learning priorities for higher education.”
Democratizing the Archive: An Open Interface for Mediation. 2006 thesis by Michael Dale. Theoretical underpinnings of the open-source metavid software and metavid archive, a platform that converts consumable audio/video records into media assets for online participation.
Good Terms – Improving Commercial-Noncommercial Partnerships for Mass Digitization. A 2007 Report Prepared by Intelligent Television for RLG Programs, OCLC Programs and Research. By Peter B. Kaufman and Jeff Ubois.
On Building a New Market for Culture: Virtue and Necessity in a Screen-Based Culture. 2009 report by Intelligent Television on new business opportunities to support commercial and educational institutions putting their digital content online.
Materiality of Information, Knowledge and Culture
Designing for Digital Archives, by Elizabeth Churchill and Jeff Ubois. Tips for personal archiving in the digital age.
A Future for Our Digital Memory: born digital cultural heritage in the Netherlands. (pdf)English-language summary of the report of the Dutch national digital preservation survey held in 2009. Article by Inge Angevaare published in Art Libraries Journal 35 (2010) no. 3.